Brooklyn pop-rockers Bishop Allen will release their sophomore album, “The Broken String,” on July 24. Little Rock native Christian Rudder sings and plays guitar with the band, which won wide acclaim for its 2003 self-release “Charm School.” Since then, Rudder and lead singer Justin Rice have each starred in a film by much-lauded indie director Andrew Bujalski. Last year, Bishop Allen released a new EP every month. “Rain,” the ridiculously infectious lead single from “The Broken String,” is available for download on the band’s website, www.bishopallen.com.
A handful of Central Arkansas’s hottest DJs will perform together on Saturday at Club 2720 in Hot Springs. DJ Chucky P will kick off the night from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.; g-force will spin from 11 p.m. to midnight; Debbi T will go from midnight to 1 a.m.; DJ Max takes his turn from 1 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.; Justin Sane (get it?) goes from 2:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.; and Dave McRoberts shuts it down from 3:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. All DJs will have mixtapes for sale at the show, and the night’s performances, all seven hours, will be recorded for release on a forthcoming compilation CD.
The Dat Heat clique is busy as always. Rapper Bware will put out the mixtape “The Laugh II” sometime towards the end of the month. Dat Heat producer G-Sizz tells us also that he and co-producer Ferocious are busy working up a Dat Heat compilation of original music, which will feature local artists outside of the Dat Heat crew and will likely come out this fall.
Keith Eddy of Russellville is case in point that anyone can make money off the Internet. The rising sophomore at the University of Arkansas won $25,000 this spring for his YouTube video submission for the New Numa Contest, itself an offshoot of a larger example of the money to be made online via ridiculousness. In 2004, Gary Brolsma put a webcam in front of his computer and lip synched to an obscure Romanian pop song. Somehow Brolsma turned that window of web fame into something sustaining, and together with an Internet sponsor launched a contest to come up with a video to accompany a new “Numa” song. Eddy’s winning entry took him about a month and a half to put together. It owes a stylistic debt to Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” video. Check it out on the Times’ entertainment blog, Rock Candy.
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